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  • 02-14-2010, 04:45 AM
    Brucem
    Quote Originally Posted by RGV500 View Post
    The speed of sound is not a constant. It varies with temperature and the colder you get, the slower it is.

    Kittinger did go supersonic and is the only human to do it without the aid of a vehicle.
    per the article on Redbull:
    After completing a record-breaking crossing of the English Channel with a carbon wing in 2003, famed Austrian athlete Felix Baumgartner decided to explore becoming the first parachutist to break the sound barrier

    It includes retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who holds three of the venerable records Felix will strive to break. Yet not even Joe can be sure how Felix’s body will react in a 35-second acceleration to Mach 1

    (Current record, established Aug. 16, 1960, and held by Col. Joseph Kittinger: 614 mph [equivalent to Mach 0.9])

    per the website it said he did not break the speed of sound, and they have not clue what it will do directly on the human body
  • 02-01-2010, 07:44 PM
    RGV500
    Quote Originally Posted by Dzoni View Post
    The website says 614mph, not 714. The speed of sound is 768mph, therefore he did not break the barrier.

    Still amazing and very impressed.
    The speed of sound is not a constant. It varies with temperature and the colder you get, the slower it is.

    Kittinger did go supersonic and is the only human to do it without the aid of a vehicle.
  • 01-31-2010, 02:48 AM
    gothemi8
    Quote Originally Posted by Dzoni View Post
    The website says 614mph, not 714. The speed of sound is 768mph, therefore he did not break the barrier.

    Still amazing and very impressed.
    That's the speed of sound at sea level and a temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The exact speed changes based on altitude and temperature
    Check out this wiki for more information. He may not be going 768mph when he breaks it but he'll produce a sonic boom as he passes through and his body will still being going through maximum aerodynamic pressure so it will be interesting to see how they deal with that pressure. I'm really excited to see this happen!
  • 01-27-2010, 02:43 PM
    D-VO
    Quote Originally Posted by misterkye View Post
    even still, can the body withstand freefalling at those speeds? thats insane! crazy feet!
    The fall isn't what kills you, it's the sudden stop.
  • 01-27-2010, 12:30 AM
    misterkye
    Quote Originally Posted by Sikklightning View Post
    Very well put, I already knew this since I have studied astronomy but that is a great breakdown.
    even still, can the body withstand freefalling at those speeds? thats insane! crazy feet!
  • 01-26-2010, 09:51 PM
    white out
    That's the plan.

    Nick
  • 01-26-2010, 04:31 PM
    Liqidvenom
    i think you would be busy working for their legal team.
  • 01-26-2010, 02:27 PM
    white out
    This is insane (both NASA & RedBull).

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Craziest thing I've ever seen.

    Redbull is one company I would LOVE to work for.
    I am doing all that I can to get an intern job for their legal team.

    Nick
  • 01-26-2010, 01:58 PM
    Chris
    Craziest thing I've ever seen.

    Redbull is one company I would LOVE to work for.
  • 01-26-2010, 07:12 AM
    PJS313
    Insane...can't imagine what could be going through your head the whole way up and right before you take the plunge back down
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